Alan MacLeod

Alan MacLeod

Alan MacLeod is a member of the Glasgow University Media Group. He is author of "Bad News From Venezuela: 20 Years of Fake News and Misreporting." His latest book, Propaganda in the Information Age: Still Manufacturing Consent, was published by Routledge in May 2019. Follow him on Twitter: @AlanRMacLeod

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Protestors wear "#FREEASSANGE" face masks outside Belmarsh prison prior to Julian Assange's extradition hearing on February 24, 2020 in London. Views
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Julian Assange: Press Shows Little Interest in Media ‘Trial of Century’
Labeled the media “trial of the century,” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s extradition hearing is currently taking place in London—although you might not have heard if you’re relying solely on corporate media for news. If extradited, Assange faces 175 years in a Colorado supermax prison , often...
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Sunday, August 02, 2020
Media's "Cancel Culture" Debate Obscures Direct Threats to First Amendment
A short and rather vaguely worded open letter published in Harper's Magazine ( 7/7/20 ) earlier this month caused an unlikely media storm that continues to rumble on. Glossing over right-wing threats to the First Amendment, the letter, signed by 150 writers, journalists and other public figures,...
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Resisting the reopening of schools on the basis that the White House press secretary misspoke represents a lost opportunity to actually oppose the administration’s scandalously poor handling of the coronavirus, and the dangerous, genuinely anti-science decision to force through reopening in the height of a pandemic. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Wednesday, July 22, 2020
How NOT to Resist Trump: Kayleigh McEnany’s Anti-Science Comments
Media, particularly those who have made a habit of rhetorically opposing Donald Trump for the past four years, were awash last week with White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany’s controversial statements on reopening public schools in the middle of a pandemic. For example: “McEnany on School...
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MSNBC Graphic (1/3/20) celebrating female heads of weapon-making corporations and military agencies. Views
Monday, June 29, 2020
Bombing People Is Not Feminist, No Matter How You Spin It
Have you heard the good news, ladies? You too can bomb the Middle East! Some corporate media have recently been taken with the “inspirational” story of Emily Thompson, the first woman to pilot the super-costly F-35 jet in combat. At an unspecified time earlier this month, Thompson took off from her...
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Sunday, June 07, 2020
Media Downplay Global South Leadership on Covid-19
Amid the Trump administration’s calamitous response to the Covid-19 pandemic, media have been looking to other countries for inspiration in responsible leadership during a period of crisis. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden has been one popular pick, having capably managed to limit the...
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Unfortunately, for journalists stuck in a corporate media system that promotes deference to authority and finds equivalency even when there is none, the president’s dangerous ramblings need to be treated as legitimate and worthy of discussion, even in apparently adversarial media. (Photo: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Both Sides-ing Bleach Injection: Media in the Era of an Incompetent President
You probably saw Donald Trump’s ridiculous, false and deadly claim last week: that ingesting chemical cleaners could cure humans of the coronavirus. At a White House press briefing on Thursday ( 4/23/20 ), the president said: I see disinfectant, where it knocks it [coronavirus] out in a minute—one...
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HONG KONG, CHINA - 2020/01/01: Riot police officers in formation rushing to arrest protesters during the new year day demonstration. The unrest in Hong Kong shows no sign of a abating in 2020, with the new year marked by rallies showing continued resistance against Beijing's tightening grip over the financial hub. (Photo: Geovien So/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Friday, February 21, 2020
Cop-Hating Vandals or Pro-Democracy Activists?
The New York Police Department (NYPD) can generally rely on corporate media as allies on controversial police issues. A case in point was the New York subway protests earlier this month, in which the activist group Decolonize This Place organized hundreds of people to occupy New York City subway...
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Someone like Sanders, who promises to take on the power and influence of the rich, is an unwelcome intrusion into politics as usual. (Photo: Bloomberg column 2/10/20) Views
Friday, February 14, 2020
For Media in New Hampshire, Losing Is Winning and Winning Is Losing
The results from the New Hampshire primary are in— mercifully quickly —showing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders victorious with 26% of the vote, ahead of former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg with 24%. However, it was third place Amy Klobuchar, with 20%, who seemed to draw the greatest media buzz. The...
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JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon Takes on Socialism, Says It Will Lead to an ‘Eroding Society.’ (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, February 04, 2020
Breaking News From Corporate Media: Billionaires Do Not Like Socialism
Big news, everyone! Billionaires don’t like socialism. In response to a rising progressive tide in the United States, a new genre of stories has emerged in corporate media: rich guys warning against taxing them, or really changing anything about the system at all. Just as the press are keen for you...
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Even if one is inclined, against all experience, to take US claims about an official enemy on faith, the language that Soleimani killed "hundreds of Americans" is a deliberately nebulous. (Photo: Screenshot) Views
Friday, January 10, 2020
From Resistance to Assistance: Corporate Media's Pathetic Pushback to Trump's Iran Assassination
After Donald Trump’s election, both the New York Times and Washington Post saw huge jumps in subscribers, all hoping that the outlets would hold the president to account. Both papers tapped into this sentiment: In February 2017, the Post adopted the motto “Democracy Dies in Darkness” on its...
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